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(NEW) Online Training – Releasing the Superwoman Schema in Black Women: From Role Self to Real Self

April 17 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-12:00pm (EST) $99, 3 CEUs Presenter: Wayne Evans, Ph.D. Zoom, MD + Google Map

If the hero’s journey is about the transformation of the self, the heroine’s journey is about the reclamation of the self; becoming self-possessed. For black women, the journey can be particularly perilous, as they navigate through the forces of both racism and sexism. In response, many black women have developed what’s called The Superwoman Schema (aka The Strong Black Woman). Sadly, the cost of this strategy can be exceedingly high in terms of physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.

The purpose of this seminar will be to explore how these prescribed roles and inherited narratives can be questioned, modified or replaced. It will also seek to identify and implement more adaptive and sustainable sources of strength, support, wisdom and purpose.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

  • Defining the Superwoman Schema
  • Identify the cost and benefits of the Superwoman Schema
  • Exploring the differences between the Role Self and the Real Self
  • Using The Heroine’s Journey as pathway to more emotionally nourishing narratives
  • Learning how to move from over-functioning to flying the OODA (Observe Orient Decide Act) loop
  • Creating a revitalization cycle to offset the cumulative effects of stress


8:45 – 10:00 AM

  • Examining The Origins of The Superwoman Schema

10:00 – 10:08 AM BREAK

10:08 – 11:00 AM

  • The Heroine’s Journey as a Path from Role Self to Real Self

11:00 – 11:08 AM BREAK

11:08 – 12:00 PM

  • Creating A Revitalization Cycle: Restoring the Soul by Removing the Cape
Black woman in a superwoman costume
Virtual trainings can be hit or miss if the presenter doesn't hold court, but Dr. Evans was fantastic. I was laughing and engaged the entire day. – Joan H.W., LGSW

The presenter [Dr. Evans] was dynamic, engaging and thought provoking. I imagine he's a remarkable therapist. I appreciated how he combined his clinical knowledge with his love of archetypal storytelling to bring about healing with his clients. – Mariangela W., LCPC

Enjoyed the energy, enthusiasm, knowledge that Dr. Evans shared about a complex and potentially transformative therapeutic tool. Thanks for offering this to our community. – Symone C., LCMFT

Dr. Evans' energy was contagious. It was obvious he truly enjoys the topic and is very knowledgeable. The course flew by yet I would have stayed to learn more. – Michele S., LCSW-C, CAC-AD

Dr. Evans was a wonderful and inspirational education and practitioner. His authenticity created a safe space and allowed for an environment that we could really experience our time with him. – Samantha G, LICSW, LCSW